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Well I thought I'd put the start of the plans out here and get the thread up and running. 

 

I'm still counting out and converting block and line sizes (makes for hours of fun for the whole family)

 

I have to actually do it twice as I'm going to use Chuck's (SyrenModelingCompany) blocks and line but I also have to have the comparable product accounted for from Expo/Shipway as well that will be included in the kit.

 

In addition to the rig I have to draw out and construct the remaining open launches, draw and create the additional anchors and a few other details (ideas) that I have.

 

I'll say it now (although I'm certain I'll say it again) there will be no sail plan.

 

Sam

 

 

ESSEX RIGGING PLAN 062013.pdf

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Thanks everyone,

 

As far as time of completion - two weeks! LOL!

 

Seriously, I'm usually pretty fast at rigging in comparison to the hull build, but with the added responsibilities of the manual and plans I'm not certain. It will be in 2014 I know that.  

 

Just an "observation" - I started the original ESSEX project of the solid hull upgrade in 2007 and will complete the ESSEX POB in 2014. They built the REAL ESSEX in about 10 months in 1798-99 with no power tools or electricity........... And as I've pointed out before - their's floated and had working guns!

 

The one thing that I am debating is process methodology. By that I mean how do I show the steps basically. One of the things I have found "interesting" as I design theses kits is that I have to sometimes (often) forgo the little tricks and shortcuts that we all develop over time and show more fundamental methods of construction.

 

As an example for ESSEX's rig, my own preference is to build the mast and yards in their entirety off the hull, attach as many blocks and lines as I can and then install the mast with this large tangle/spiderweb of lines hanging down and then start to tie them off. It works for me but as a presented method in a manual for the general public probably not so much. 

 

So as I said - two weeks..................

 

Talk soon - Sam

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  • 1 month later...

For those of you who are interested in the ESSEX rig you'll be happy to hear that Model Expo (Eric) has asked me to switch my focus from the solid hull conversion of PHANTOM and concentrate on the ESSEX rig until completion.

 

So I'll be re-organizing my work bench for the next few days or so and then moving forward with the task at hand.

 

Also take a look at the Kit review thread on ESSEX. There are some updates on the kit components.

 

Sam

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Sam,

That is great news about the kit for the Essex rig!  With the full realization that I am being selfish here (I am very interested in the Essex, while not as much concerning the Phantom), I will anxiously await the issue of the rigging kit!  Thanks Sam and thanks ME!

Bill M.

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Sam - I have orders from the admiral not to invest in another kit until clear some of the current Backlog in the shipyard. So it will be at least 5 yrs before I consider this kit. But I am enjoying following along with your efforts. I think it is interesting to see what goes into developing a kit. Thanks for your efforts.

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Floyd

 

Sneak another one in - she'll never know! We wont tell! LOL!

 

Thanks for your kind words.

 

Kit designing is "interesting" - to say the least.

 

For me especially as I'm not a scratch builder by any stretch of the imagination. I'd rather buy a kit and bash it. So go figure............

 

Sam

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just to have some closure subject being  was hoping that rigging meant rat lines and ropes tied to spars tackles and rungs on bungs i scarcely see one line drawn.. Athough very helpful for making masts and spars ..i guess to find  rig tyeing would be a hassle to depict also a line by line add by process order would be luxury to be be leaved !thanks....

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